Government extends SIM card registration deadline by a month
GOVERNMENT has extended the SIM card registration exercise by one month following the expiry of the initial deadline yesterday.
Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Minister Yamfwa Mukanga said during a media briefing in Lusaka today that the SIM registration exercise had been extended from December 31, 2013 to January 31, 2014.
Mr Mukanga attributed the extension to the long queues of people wanting to register their SIM cards as deadline day approached, coupled with those in remote areas whose data could not be captured by midnight today.
“I wish, therefore, on behalf of Government to announce a 30 day extension to this exercise. January 31, 2014 is therefore the final deadline and no further extension will be considered.
“This should be taken as official notification and therefore supersedes the earlier announced phased approach to SIM deactivation,” Mr Mukanga said.
Mr Mukanga said on February 1, 2014 all unregistered SIM cards would be deactivated and removed from the service providers’ systems and thus the deactivation process would not be done in phases as stated earlier.
The Minister also disclosed that as at December 30, 2013, 6.8 million subscribers had registered their SIM cards out of a mobile phone service subscriber base of 10.3 million.